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Whispers of optimism are nice for Chris Bosh, but his situation still looms over his and the Heat’s prospects.

By Rob Mahoney
September 13, 2016

Whispers of optimism are nice for Bosh, but his situation still looms over his and the Heat’s prospects—thereby influencing our rankings. We could not place Bosh purely according to his ability when there is a real possibility that he won’t play at all in the coming season. Drama with the Heat organization aside, Bosh’s condition casts serious doubt as to how much he can function like a normal, star-level contributor; in some regards, building around a player with this kind of major health issue would involve a franchise holding its collective breath for fear of some complication. Bosh was docked to this point not for any fault of his, but because of all that we do not and could not know about his immediate basketball future. It’s a shame that it’s come to this; Bosh’s game had taken an interesting shape after LeBron James’s departure, blending the shot creation of his early career with the floor spacing of his Miami turn. Bosh had quietly tapped into the dueling instincts of his game to play his most actualized offense yet. He again became a 20-point scorer almost incidentally, humming through enough spot-ups and pick-and-pops to bolster his creative endeavors. Through all of this he remained one of the least turnover-prone bigs in the league, even while taking on a more substantive playmaking role. Bosh was great—a versatile hub for offense, a plus defender, and the sort of star whose very presence augments the opportunities of those around him. Hopefully Bosh will return to the court soon and in good health to further his exemplary career. (Last year: No. 22)

+ Excellent one-on-one scorer when he did play last season
+ Above-average three-point shooter who can hold down the five spot
Defense regressed slightly from its stellar levels in the Heat’s championship seasons
Merely a decent defensive rebounder and only an occasional offensive rebounder

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